Russian missile fire in the war in Ukraine has recently intensified again. Now the Kremlin has apparently even fired a fake nuclear warhead.
the essentials in a nutshell
- According to Ukrainian sources, Russia fired a fake nuclear weapon.
- The Ch-55 missile was loaded with an empty warhead.
- There are several explanations for the incident.
There are repeated rumors that nuclear weapons could soon be used in the war in Ukraine. Last but not least, Russia itself repeatedly threatens to do so – for example by bragging about its arsenal.
According to Ukrainian information, the Kremlin around President Vladimir Putin has now gone one step further. As the Defense Express portal writes, Russia shot down a fake nuclear weapon in Ukraine on Thursday. She was intercepted by Volodymyr Zelensky’s anti-aircraft defenses.
Specifically, it is a Soviet Ch-55 missile. Usually in the war in Ukraine, Moscow uses the Ch-555 variant of this weapon – this version is equipped with a non-nuclear warhead.
The Ch-55, which has now landed in Ukraine, had a different head, according to the report. And one that looks like the atomic one. However, it was just an empty dummy.
Riddles about the reasons for the use of fake nuclear weapons in the war in Ukraine
Why Russia sent the item to Ukraine is unclear. As reported by the British “Sun” with reference to experts, this could be a warning to the West.
According to “Defense Express”, there are also possible reasons from a purely military point of view. This approach is a sign that Russia is running out of conventional warheads. Kremlin troops would therefore now have to screw dummy nuclear weapons onto the missiles.
In addition, Russia could simply follow the target of overloading the Ukrainian air defense system, it is said. It’s not that important if the objects actually explode or not.
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